The Executive Director for Tribal Relations is a full-time, 12-month position, reporting directly to the President of Portland State University. The Executive Director will act as the primary representative of the President and campus leadership in relationships with tribal governments and the urban Indian community. The Executive Director is responsible for building respectful, authentic, and symbiotic relationships with tribal nations, communities, and peoples in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and possibly beyond. This will include appreciation of and adherence to government to government protocols and executing and implementing MOUs.
While reporting to the President, the Executive Director will have opportunities to work closely with leaders across campus (including members of the President's Executive Council and Deans) as well as with important centers of instruction, research, and community engagement groups focused on Native American and Indigenous communities. This includes the Indigenous Nations Studies Department; the Institute for Tribal Government; the staff of the Native American Student and Community Center; and the Center for Internships, Mentorship & Research. Although this is an administrative position, If appropriate and with the proper credentials, the incumbent may be considered for a non-tenure or tenure related faculty rank.
We believe a successful Executive Director will embody the following knowledge and capacities:
A deep understanding of Tribal History and Sovereignty.
Ability to manage complex projects.
A passion for the Native American and Alaskan Native Communities and Confederations, and a willingness to be a strong advocate for them within the campus community.
Deep and nuanced understanding of intergenerational and personal trauma.
Willingness, and ability to be a strong and visible presence and role model.
A strong communicator.
Robust understanding of government to government protocols and experience consulting with, and convening, tribes and tribal organizations.
Cultural humility and curiosity.
Knowledge of national, state, and local policies and issues to Native American education, self-determination, and tribal governance, economic enterprises, culture and customs.
Significant demonstrated experience in building relations with and between Native American/Alaska Native organizations and external entities like universities, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and others.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to convene multiple partners and constituents.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited higher education institution.
Graduate degree from an accredited higher education institution.
An understanding of the factors impacting the success of Native American and Indigenous faculty, staff and students in higher education.
Experience working in a position designed to build connections and partnerships between university and tribal nations and communities.
Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy. Engagement describes Portland State's collaborative approach to the exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community. As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President's... Strategic Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and the preparation of it students as world citizens. For more information visit http://www.pdx.edu/about-portland-state